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From Dublin: Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Wild Rover Tours

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Activity provider: Wild Rover Tours
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Take a journey through Ireland on a full-day tour of the Wicklow Mountains, monastic site of Glendalough, and the medieval city of Kilkenny. Enjoy scenic views, lush valleys, and still lakes and watch a shepherd with his trusty border collie sheepdog.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
6.5 hours
  • Dublin

  • 2 hours
  • Kilkenny

  • Wicklow Mountains

  • Glendalough

  • 1.5 hours
  • Dublin

Meeting point
Main stop
Highlights
  • Travel through the medieval heart of Ireland to explore historic Kilkenny
  • Stroll the narrow streets of Kilkenny and visit the oldest brewery in Ireland
  • Drive over the rugged mountains and glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains
  • See location sites from movies, such as "Braveheart"
  • Discover the monastery where Christianity was re-introduced the Irish
Full description

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing tour of some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, including the 12th-century castle of Kilkenny, the rugged Wicklow Mountains, and the 7th-century monastery of Glendalough. The first stop is Kilkenny Castle, majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. The craft capital of Ireland, you can visit the Kilkenny Art and Design Centre to get a better appreciation of the craft traditions of goldsmiths, sculptors, painters and more. Stroll around the cobblestone streets, and visit Saint Frances Brewery, Ireland’s oldest. Admire the magnificent silk merchant’s mansion of Rothe House, containing priceless Viking artifacts.

And walk in the medieval gardens to see historic varietals of fruit and veg, such as Gortahok cabbage and Blood of Boyne apples. Enjoy lunch in one of the city’s artisan cafés. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wicklow Mountains of County Carlow.

Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys, to the glacial valleys of Wicklow Gap, giving it a cinematic quality that made it a popular location to shoot movies such as “Braveheart” and “PS I Love You.” Continue over the mountains to explore the monastic site of Glendalough, where Christianity was re-introduced to Ireland after the Dark Ages.

Learn about Saint Kevin, founder of the 7th-century monastery, and see intact architecture, such as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Church and Round Tower.

Meaning “Glen of 2 Lakes,” a hike around the glen’s lower lake takes less than 1 hour, while a walk around the upper lake takes just over 1 hour. The final part of your epic journey takes you through the highest village in Ireland, known as Roundwood. Marvel at the Sugarloaf Mountains, which were higher than the Alps before the Ice Age.

Pass Powerscourt Estate and the Glen of Imaal en route to Kilnacanogue. Your guide will regale you with stories about Ireland, and you’ll even be treated to some traditional Irish music as you drive back to Dublin.

Includes
  • Transportation from Dublin
  • Live tour guide
  • Wicklow mountains stop
  • Killkenny cultural sites
  • Irish Collie Sheep Dog Trials
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Please wait outside The Gresham Hotel so you can see the bus pull up. Driver/Guides cannot wait past departure time, so please make sure you are at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 923 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Liam was our guide for the tour, he was really nice and friendly. His presence made the difference because he was really experienced and being local counts. He was very accurate in the details and he never left nobody behind. The tour was very funny. The places we visited were beautiful and we were able to visit everything on time. We strictly recommend this tour, for the variety of things we saw. From the mountains to the good working dogs. Excellent. We hope you find this useful. Elisabetta & Rocco.

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September 23, 2022

What a great tour it was. Our guide - Liam - was fabulous. He gave us an amazing perspective on Kilkenny from the point of view of a born and raised in the city, and a family that goes back generations. Wicklow mountains were amazing, again, due to Liam. He provided so much information with great sense of humor and patriotism

September 20, 2022

I was expected more but it was also a good trip. Our guide was very nice. Just a couple of complaints: at the bus was very cold and driver did not do nothing even that we ask him to lower air conditioning. The wifi at the bus also worked just for 15 minutes at the beginning and then not at all. But Killkeny and Glendalough were amazing, we have enough time there. We also enjoyed sheep farm but it was little mean to annoyed the calm sheep and let people to hold the lambs even than looked they did not enjoyed this at all. I recommend this trip for everyone who want to explore more than Dublin.

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August 29, 2022

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